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InnovaPrep Wins Another AwardAll

InnovaPrep received a contract award this week for  a base Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) under the JE-RDAP program from The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD).

 Through the JE-RDAP program a key group of highly qualified contractors has been established to compete for Research, Development, Acquisition, and Production/Procurement (RDAP) Orders for future research, development, production/procurement, and fielding of CBRNE defense systems, equipment, and materiel.

JE-RDAP will be a 10 year, Multiple Award, Enterprise-wide, omnibus contract, with a ceiling of $8.27 billion. The InnovaPrep team has expertise and experience in research, development, integration, manufacture, and the commercialization of systems for biosurveillance

 and biodefense.

InnovaPrep selected for the National Institutes of Health Commercialization Accelerator ProgramAll

InnovaPrep was selected via a competitive process for the National Institutes of Health Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP), a program designed to help some of the agency’s most promising small life science and healthcare Phase II awardees develop commercial business and transition their SBIR/STTR-funded technologies into the marketplace. The CAP provides selected participants with individualized assistance through individual mentoring and consulting sessions, training workshops, and access to domain experts. This is in regards to InnovaPrep's Phase II FDA award for the high-flow hollow fiber Concentrating Pipette Tip development.

InnovaPrep to Present Poster at Upcoming American Association for Aerosol Research ConferenceEvents
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Dave Alburty, InnovaPrep CEO, will be presenting a poster at the upcoming American Association for Aerosol Research conference in Portland, OR. 

The poster, entitled “Comparison Retention Efficiency and Collection Efficiency Testing on two Generations of the SpinCon Advanced Air Sampler” contains the results of testing performed on the newly released model of the SpinCon, the SpinCon® II Advanced Air Sampler. The redesigned model provides the same capabilities as before with added improvements including a more powerful blower, removable components for ease of integration, among other design changes.

This comparison testing was designed to mirror the testing performed originally at Midwest Research Institute (now MRIGlobal) during the development of the SpinCon technology as well as testing performed at U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC).

PLOS ONE Research Article Published Featuring the BobcatNews

A research article entitled, Longitudinal Metagenomic Analysis of Hospital Air Identifies Clinically Relevant Microbes (King, et al.) was recently published on PLOS ONE.

The sampling in the study was performed with an ACD-200 Bobcat Air Sampler that was customized for this important study funded by the Department of Homeland Security. 

New SENSENET PROJECT begins for Department of Homeland SecurityNews

InnovaPrep is pleased to announce a Phase II subcontract award from its partner, ENSCO, Inc., prime contractor for the SenseNet Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. The goal of the DHS SenseNet Project is to develop and demonstrate a tiered aerosol detection sensor architecture that combines low cost and rapid dedicated environmental monitoring detectors with newly emerging commercial sensors that will be utilized by citizens and facility owners for air quality, pollution tracking, and building efficiency purposes....

InnovaPrep to Present Poster at Upcoming Food Safety ConferenceNews

Dr. Mike Hornback, InnovaPrep Senior Scientist, will be presenting a poster at the upcoming International Association for Food Protection conference in St. Louis. 

The poster, entitled “Concentration of Escherichia coli O157:H7 from Experimentally Infected, Pre-Packaged Spinach by InnovaPrep’s Concentrating Pipette” contains the results of a trial study to develop a new method permitting the detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in spinach within a single work-shift using a reduced enrichment time,  followed by mechanical concentration of the enriched fluid using the InnovaPrep Concentrating Pipette and detection using real-time quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR). 

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New Distribution Partner Serving GreeceEvents

We are pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with MALVA S.A.. who will be supporting InnovaPrep products in Greece. Since its establishment in 1988, Malva S.A. has been the leading provider of cutting-edge technologies in analytical and quality control laboratories and in Academia across Greece and abroad.

InnovaPrep Presenting at the Water Microbiology & Novel Tech Conf.News

Director of Business Development, John Payne will be delivering a presentation entitled, Methods and Devices for Rapid Concentration of Waterborne Pathogens from Surface Waters for use with Rapid Molecular Methods at the Water Microbiology & Novel Tech conference located in Chicago next week.

New Distribution Partner Serving SingaporeNews

We are pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with SPD Scientific Pte Ltd. who will be supporting InnovaPrep products in Singapore and including Malaysia and Thailand. SPD Scientific is part of the Biomedia Group that provides a wide range of biomedical and laboratory equipment, reagents, test-kits, laboratory consumables, as well as diagnostic products. The company serves industries such as healthcare, academic and government research institutions, pharmaceutical and food and beverage, by providing them with the appropriate tools that aid them in their research and discoveries.

Dave Alburty to lead a special session at the Biodefense World SummitNews

CEO Dave Alburty will be co-leading a special session entitled, RAPID SAMPLE PREPARATION FOR PATHOGEN DETECTION to be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | 5:30 – 8:30pm as part of Biodefense World Summit. Please follow the link for more details about the work shop

Work Begins on Two NASA ProjectsNews

A second phase Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant from NASA has been awarded InnovaPrep to continue the work done during the Phase I project, which showed the feasibility adapting the InnovaPrep bio-concentration technology to work in a microgravity environment.  The developed system is slated for use aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for the purpose of monitoring the safety of the ISS water supply

In addition, a new Phase I NASA project has been awarded InnovaPrep for Devices and Methods for Collection and Concentration of Air and Surface Samples for Improved Detection.   This project builds on current collection and concentration technologies utilizing the company’s patented wet foam elution process

CTO to Present Poster at Upcoming EPA's Recreational Waters ConferenceNews

Andy Page, President and Chief Technology Officer will be presenting a poster at the upcoming EPA's Recreational Waters Conference April 12-15th in New Orleans. The poster addresses rapid detection of fecal indicator bacteria in recreational waters.

The InnovaPrep concentration and wet foam elution processes will be presented along with developmental and commercially available InnovaPrep concentration systems. Data from use of the Concentrating Pipette system for concentration of indicator bacteria from recreational waters and detection by quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction will be presented, including concentration efficiencies, concentration factors, and detection limits. Read the White Paper here.

Microbiological Monitoring for Pharma ApplicationsNews

Rapid analytical methods are becoming an essential part of a complete program for Microbiological Control and Monitoring of Aseptic Processing Environments, however, widespread use of these technologies is long overdue.  The ability to reduce ”time-to-detection" from days to same-shift will provide widespread benefits through reduction in holding times, recalls, and incidence of harm.  In addition, the adoption of rapid methods allow new sampling regimes to be more meaningful, effective, and informative for corrective action. These are significant changes that will make pharmaceutical products safer and protect the industry from losses in revenue.

To fully realize the promise of next-generation rapid analytical methods, new collection and sample prep technologies will also need to be adopted.  more

New Distributor Partnership Serving Western EuropeNews

We are pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with I&L Biosystems GmbH who will be supporting InnovaPrep products in western Europe. I&L Biosystems GmbH serves Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, along with its sister companies, I&L Biosystems France SAS, and L.A. BioSystems B.V. serving Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Their focus is on sales and distribution of high quality laboratory equipment, including InnovaPrep’s Concentrating Pipette to customers and researchers in the microbiology, cell biology, and biotechnology markets.

InnovaPrep Technologies 1st choice for DoD Bioaerosol Monitoring ProgramsNews

InnovaPrep’s Dry Filter BioAerosol Sample Collector with Rapid Filter Elution Kit has become the collector of choice for major systems integrators for Department of Defense programs such as the Joint Biological Tactical Defense System (JBTDS) and the Joint United States Forces Korea Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition, known as JUPITR. The integratable collectors incorporate the collection module and filter elution kit of the company’s commercial ACD-200 Bobcat Air Sampler. The components were chosen for their high collection efficiency, ease of integration into larger monitoring systems, and ease of effective sample recovery in tactical environments using the company’s patented Wet Foam Elution method.

NASA SBIR Project UpdateNews

Under a Phase 1 NASA Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Grant, InnovaPrep is adapting its bio-concentration technology to work in a microgravity environment.  The developed system is slated for use aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for the purpose of monitoring the safety of the ISS water supply.

For the project, InnovaPrep Engineer, Alec Adolphson, recently traveled to Portland State University to to work along with Oregon-based company, IRPI LLC, to test the modified device using the 5-story Dryden Drop Tower.  more ...

A Little History on Wet Foam Elution (WFE)News

InnovaPrep was founded in 2009 as a manufacturing company based on an invention developed in our Sister company AlburtyLab.  AlburtyLab is an independent research lab located in Drexel MO that primarily deals with, but is not limited to, aerosol research projects. The lab has a recirculating wind tunnel with a sealed test chamber. The test chamber is used to test among other things air inlets, air sampling devices and air monitoring equipment. 

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InnovaPrep to Present at the Biodefense World SummitNews

Dave Alburty, CEO, will be co-instructing a workshop titled, RAPID SAMPLE PREPARATION FOR PATHOGEN DETECTION at the upcoming Biodefense World Summit in Bethesda, MD.

This workshop will discuss sample preparation technologies for detection, identification and analysis of biomedical, biological and chemical agents, biothreats in point-of-care, laboratory and field settings. It will review the novel and rapid technologies for sample preparation, application of analytical strategies and automation in biodetection.

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InnovaPrep wins NASA Small Business Innovative Research GrantNews

InnovaPrep was recently awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research Grant from NASA for A Rapid Concentration System for Improved Detection of Microbes in International Space Station Potable Water. Work will begin immediately to apply the InnovaPrep concentration technology using Wet Foam Elution for use in zero gravity applications. InnovaPrep has earned a total of four Phase I and two Phase II SBIR awards.

Complimentary Webinar Friday May 1st 3:00 CDTNews

InnovaPrep CEO, Dave Alburty will host a lively presentation entitled, Aerosol Sampler Selection Criteria: Next generation tools for bioaerosol collection and microbe concentration, on the pros and cons of modern aerosol collection technologies as we address the emerging needs of aerosol science. Case studies will be presented including wet and dry collection methods as well as determining sampling efficiency.

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InnovaPrep to present at upcoming Water Microbiology ConferenceNews

InnovaPrep's President and Chief Technology Officer, Andy Page was selected to deliver a verbal presentation at the upcoming Water Microbiology Conference 2015 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The presentation is entitled, “Concentration of Microorganisms by Concentrating Pipette and Wet Foam Elution”.

SpinCon II Advanced Air Sampler is Now Available!News

The InnovaPrep SpinCon® II Advanced Air Sampler provides the same capabilities as before with added improvements including a more powerful blower and ruggedized carrying case with built-in storage for sampling supplies. In addition, the collector module and controls module can be easily removed from the case to provide ultimate versatility for the user. 

The SpinCon II is ideally suited for the collection of bioaerosols, particulate matter, and soluble vapors, including submicron-sized particles, airborne molecular contamination, biological particulates, and volatile and semivolatile chemical compounds. The system addresses a broad range of advanced air sampling requirements and is the gold standard for collecting large quantities of airborne pathogens.  more information

New! High-flow and Ultrafiltration Pipette TipsNews

Now Available! 

InnovaPrep is excited to announce the release of four new pipette tips for the Concentrating Pipette that greatly expand the applications for the device. The new high-flow tips are made with bundles of hollow fiber filters that will allow higher flow, larger starting sample volumes, smaller final extract volumes, and allow difficult matrices to be concentrated. In addition, two ultrafiltration tips are now offered for virus concentration.

The new pore sizes include 0.45µm and 0.2 µm for high-flow concentration of bacteria, whole cells, spores, pollen, and parasites. As well as a 0.05 µm and an ultrafiltration tip for virus concentration. More information